Catholic hospitals-yes or no? - page 4

what would working in a catholic hospital be like? is there any reason to be concerned about the atmosphere in one? i have a job offer and have heard some negative things about catholic... Read More

  1. by   CommandSarMaj
    I work at a Catholic Hospital in California (Daughter's of Charity Health System) and I've found the experience rewarding and the atmosphere very supportive. I am Catholic and this is the hospital where I was born and all my kids were born, so I've got a lot of history here.

    I am a second career nurse, but I did my clinical's at County Hospitals and local private hospitals as well. I've always felt that the Catholic Hospitals provided a superior level of care and compassion as compared to many other institutions. I am also a member of a large, private healthcare insurance group (through my wife's work) and the level of care provided by "K P" is not up to the standards of my current employer.

    I would recommend giving the Catholic system a try and seeing if you are happy there. I have only good things to say about the experience.
  2. by   hogan4736
    Quote from CommandSarMaj
    I work at a Catholic Hospital in California (Daughter's of Charity Health System) and I've found the experience rewarding and the atmosphere very supportive. I am Catholic and this is the hospital where I was born and all my kids were born, so I've got a lot of history here.

    I am a second career nurse, but I did my clinical's at County Hospitals and local private hospitals as well. I've always felt that the Catholic Hospitals provided a superior level of care and compassion as compared to many other institutions. I am also a member of a large, private healthcare insurance group (through my wife's work) and the level of care provided by "K P" is not up to the standards of my current employer.

    I would recommend giving the Catholic system a try and seeing if you are happy there. I have only good things to say about the experience.
    If you can't tell, I am a recovering Catholic. I believe the care received at ANY hospital is a function of the staff behind it...From housekeeping to the CEO...Please don't attach "superior levels of care and compassion" to any entity or person...

    Just as the person makes the nurse, the people make the hospital...I worked at a Catholic hospital because they had the right package at the right time...I gave my all for each and every patient...Not because I was a good Catholic, but because I was a good nurse, PERIOD.
  3. by   MultipurposeRN
    I work at a Catholic hospital. We do seem to have a higher percentage of self pay patients that come to us than the nonreligious hospital across the street. It's very top heavy administratively, but otherwise a pretty good place to work. I like it.
  4. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from ZASHAGALKA
    Now, I HAVE had co-workers complain that the insurance won't cover BC, and I suspect that is both true, and their right to respect their religious beliefs.

    But, if you ask me, popping a few bucks a month for your own BC is WORTH decent pay (one of the highest cola adjusted salaries in the nation), defined benefit AND contribution plans, educational reimbursement, and ratios on par with the California law - here in Texas.
    As a note, paying for birth control is substantially more than "popping a few bucks a month".

    Just curious, do these same insurance policies that decline to pay for BC....do they also decline to pay for viagra/cialis for those that are no longer trying for children?
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    As a matter of note, our local Catholic hospital preached a good game about not doing sterilizations, but actually does provide them under the guise of "illness prevention". But they are quite selective in those that qualify for that special "illness prevention", reserving it for those that have several children (occasionally w/different fathers).

    And I have to wonder why that situation makes the sterilization, oops, illness prevention more acceptable.
  5. by   irish_std/n
    Quote from EDValerieRN
    Yeah I work at a Catholic facility, and I'm not too knowledgeable about Catholic practices. One day everyone is walking around with these black smears on their forehead, and I'm wondering if something is on fire. Turns out the priest was gettin' everyone dirty =)

    I like working where I do. They do cover my BCP's, but won't cover IUD's or Norplant. I think the daily prayers are soothing, and the powers that be make sure to focus on spirituality, and not exclude those patients who are not catholic. I guess it probably varies from place to place.
    Ash Wednesday, one of the important holy days in the catholic calendar...not something to laugh at....
    Last edit by irish_std/n on Sep 21, '06
  6. by   hogan4736
    seems to me she wasn't laughing at anyone but herself...

    relax

    the church takes itself WAAAY to seriously at times
    Last edit by rn/writer on Sep 21, '06
  7. by   nurse4theplanet
    I tech for a Catholic Hospital now, and besides the daily devotional reading and the announcement for mass being held, I sometimes forget it is a Catholic Hospital all together. I never thought about the insurance benefits not covering birth control...I will have to ask about that the next time I work. I love working there! The atomosphere is amazing with some of the best nurses I have ever met...so if push comes to shove, I will just get hubby's insurance coverage.
  8. by   irish_std/n
    Quote from hogan4736
    seems to me she wasn't laughing at anyone but herself...

    relax

    the church takes itself WAAAY to seriously at times
    your attitude is neither required nor acceptable, telling me to "relax" and then insulting my church isn't going to help anything!
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    A gentle reminder to our members to please avoid referencing each other as the subject matter in their posts.

    Let the focus remain on the topic - not the participants involved.

    Thank you,
    Roy
  10. by   ZASHAGALKA
    The personal nature of Hogan's comments are indirectly ON topic. Hogan has stipulated that the problem with Catholic hospitals is that they don't respect the religion and culture of others. I disagree. But, more to the point, his OWN thoughts regarding the respect of religion and culture POINTS OUT the backdrop from which his comments come.

    The discussion is Catholic hospitals. The fact that the chief poster dismissing the validity of Catholic Hospitals for employment is, in his words, a 'recovering Catholic', and his apparent disdain of religion generally, and Catholicism specifically, go far to explain his POV.

    I'm not disagreeing with you. The thread should stay on topic and not the participants, otherwise, you get a flame war. A warning at this juncture is well on point to prevent the thread from going there.

    But, addressing the nature of the religious comments by Hogan IS on point to his assertion that Catholic hospitals don't respect religion. It speaks to evaluating the nature from which his comments about the thread come.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.
  11. by   Roy Fokker
    Hi Timothy,

    I don't think I disagree. I think it can be discussed - I just don't want members to take it too far. I'm not admonishing anyone - just urging everyone to remember to not make participants the center piece of their posts.

    Personally, Jolie (post #4 on page 1) answered it best for me:

    Like any other hospital, the environment in a Catholic facility is set by the administration that runs the hospital. Some are quite good, others really bad. I don't think faith has much to do with it!
    Staff and Administration are what make a hospital - people come in all hues and colours. Some profess faith and some don't. And there are good and bad apples in every bunch.

    If Catholic facilities are superlative, does that mean Baptist facilities 'get by with the bare minimum' ?[Just making an example. Not a sattement]

    Organisational ethos go a long way in setting the climate for provision of services in any hospital - I just don't think that claiming affiliation with any particular group/belief/sect automatically makes a spot instantly better or worse.

    cheers,
  12. by   royr
    I am a nursing student and I started a clinical rotation in a Catholic hospital a few weeks ago. When we came in the front entrance there was a big cross on the wall with a man affixed to it with nails. My instructor said that if any of us screw up in this place during clinical - we would be next. I don't know if this only happens to students - or if employees have to follow the same rules as well. Needless to say I have been very carefull.
  13. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Quote from royr
    I am a nursing student and I started a clinical rotation in a Catholic hospital a few weeks ago. When we came in the front entrance there was a big cross on the wall with a man affixed to it with nails. My instructor said that if any of us screw up in this place during clinical - we would be next. I don't know if this only happens to students - or if employees have to follow the same rules as well. Needless to say I have been very carefull.
    The DIFFERNCE is that Jesus was INNOCENT of wrongdoing.

    My advice: don't screw up.

    LOL.

    Never fear, though, I AM an employee of a Catholic hospital and I just don't see the sisters comparing an employee they see as a 'screw-up' to Jesus, in any way.

    ~faith,
    Timothy.

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